Friday, October 31, 2008

Soy and sesame salmon with vegetable noodles

Brrrr. All of a sudden there is a serious nip in the air - I occasionally work from home and have been trying to do so without resorting to the heating... Unfortunately I've had to cave in - there are only so many layers a girl can wear!

Before it got so chilly, I cooked up this tasty noodley salmon dish based on
this recipe from BBC Good Food. Rather than serve the salmon with a warm noodle salad, as per the recipe, I stir-fried strips and ribbons of vegetables with the noodles to create a tasty side dish. I made this for a friend who came over for dinner and I enjoyed it so much that I made it again the following night for another friend. Testament to its success, I think!

You could use any combination of vegetables, but I liked the colourful combination of courgettes and carrots along with mange tout, spring onions and red pepper. This is an easy dish to whip up after work as it takes very little time yet is packed with flavour.

Soy and sesame salmon with vegetable noodles
Serves 2


2 skinless salmon fillets
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
juice of 1 lime, plus two lime wedges for serving
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
small pinch dried chilli flakes (to taste)
1cm piece of fresh ginger, grated
100g egg noodles
1 courgette
2 carrots
handful mange tout
1 red pepper, deseeded and finely sliced
4 spring onions, finely sliced

1. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, brown sugar, ginger and chilli flakes. Use a small whisk or fork to mix until the sugar has dissolved. Take a freezer bag, place the salmon fillets inside and pour over half the mixture. Set to one side to marinate for at least ten minutes.

2. Meanwhile, take a potato peeler and cut thick ribbons from the courgette and carrots. Set to one side with the other vegetables. Put a pan of water on to boil and pre-heat the grill to high.

3. Boil the noodles, as per the packet instructions (you could even use 'straight to wok' noodles to save time and washing up. Pop the salmon under the grill for 5 minutes, or until just cooked through.

4. Whilst the salmon is cooking, heat a little oil in a wok and lightly stir-fry the vegetables. Add the noodles once cooked, along with the remaining marinade. Stir well to ensure that everything is combined and coated with the soy and sesame glaze.

5. Serve the salmon with the noodles on the side, perhaps with a wedge of lime on the side to squirt over the top.


Margaret said...

I tried your other salmon stir fry recipe and that was yummy. This looks fabulous too!

Sam said...

I've given in too and turned the heating on, it's absolutely freezing!

Your salmon looks great, very colourful!

Elra said...

Mouth watering recipe, I like noodle, especially Asian noodle dishes. Unfortunately, I am really bad when it times to make my own stir fry noodle. Though I fail so many times, I still want to try to make it again and again. Your recipe seems like a good candidate for me.
Thanks for sharing.

Loving Annie said...

That sounds really good - I'd even be tempted to make it without the salmom but with everything else !
Hope you have a good Friday and a great weekend ! It's thermals time :)

Antonia said...

Margaret - yes, I just love salmon with oriental flavours and am always looking for new versions. Think this is my favourite so far!

Sam - I love colourful food - so tempting somehow!

Elra - I hope this recipe works out well for you. I just bought these noodles and plunged them into boiling water for around 5 minutes before draining and adding them to the wok.

Loving Annie - yes, the noodles and vegetables would have been great just on their own actually!

Lael said...

this sounds so delicious! I love salmon and how little it needs to be tasty. Just last week I baked some in the oven with miso smeared on top and leeks sprinkled over it all.

nicisme said...

Oh it's getting chilly for sure! I love salmon, this looks great Antonia, super photos.

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking this morning that we haven't had salmon for ages, this looks really good.

I've also got the heating on, miserable :(

Peter M said...

A wonderful ode to Asian cooking and it's easy and long on presentation.

Leigh said...

A simple yet delicous looking meal - the best way. I love marinating salmon in soy - so easy, so good! Great with Troust, too!

Hallie Fae said...

This looks really good. I may have to try and make it. YUM

Ulla said...


Just letting you know that I featured your recipe in my blog :)